About Us

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Theresa Zeilinger

President

theresa@elevalto.com

Theresa is dedicated to helping others live out their purpose. With over 25 years of business experience, she has a wealth of business expertise ranging from: sales and operation planning, management, communications, collaborative partnerships and strategic planning. Theresa has worked with leading companies like GE Healthcare,  Toshiba, Hologic, Canon and NXC Imaging. Both individually and as a partner she has surpassed growth targets and received national and international recognition. Theresa's greatest joy has come from improving workplaces and helping individuals reach significance. This focus has led to regional and national recognition for her clients, including Top Workplace  awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and Minnesota Top Executive recognition.

 

Theresa has an Executive MBA with honors from the University of St. Thomas and holds a B.S. with high distinction from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, photography, alpine skiing, and boating.

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Sean German

Senior Career Advisor

sean@elevalto.com

Sean has 21 years of experience overseas working in accounting and finance and serving local communities with his family, primarily in Eastern Europe.  Four of those years were in Austria and fifteen years were in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This gave him the opportunity to learn German and Bosnian and adapt to different cultures and environments.

 

Sean is passionate about coaching and supporting people to find roles which fit their unique gifts, skills, and experience for Kingdom purposes.  He believes that although someone's role may change over time, their purpose never does.  He has a commitment to working alongside people on their journey to find the place where they can make the most impact.  He loves learning new things, playing racket sports, and snowboarding or mountain biking down the slopes of Bosnian mountains.

 

Sean graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in Accounting and has used his communication, cultural, and interpersonal skills to navigate the bureaucracies of foreign governments to establish viable programs and organizations.

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Kimberly Johnson

Senior Career Advisor

kimberly@elevalto.com

Kimberly has over 20 years of experience working in career consulting and human resources. This has encompassed working with clients individually and in college career services.  She taught courses, wrote curriculum and counseled students in internships, career planning, and career exploration at the University of Minnesota.

Kimberly has also worked in staffing and recruiting, making permanent and temporary placements of employees for a variety of corporations and organizations. Her passion is helping people to understand themselves and how to find the best fit position. Professionally, Kimberly has spoken at both national and regional conferences, such as the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA). She has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Qualifying Program, using the MBTI in career counseling; MBTI Step II; and Understanding the 16 Types. In addition, she received the Career Services Innovation Award from the Career Development Network at the University of Minnesota. She holds a M.S. from Minnesota State University in Counseling along with an Industrial Relations Certificate and B.S. in Marketing/Speech Communication/Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

Kimberly loves to travel and cherished the opportunity to advise international students enrolled at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She loves hiking, especially in the mountains, creating memories with her family, and capturing special moments in pictures.

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Belén Peters

Career Advisor

belen@elevalto.com

Belén has 15 years of experience working with internationals, and nearly seven years of experience coaching workers in Europe and Southeast Asia. She has a degree in Interpretation from the American School of Translators and Interpreters (EATRI) a TESOL certification, and over a decade of experience with live language interpretation, translation, and teaching English and Spanish. 

Originally from the south of Chile, Belén now lives in Colorado, USA with her family. She is passionate about helping people reach their purpose in life and seeing personal and community transformation along the way. 

She loves coffee, quality time with family and friends, getting to know new people, traveling, dancing, and cooking. 

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Hannah Harville

Operations Specialist

hannah@elevalto.com

Hannah graduated from Bethel University with a B.A. in History and International Relations. Her studies were focused in Middle Eastern culture, religion, and politics. In 2017, she spent a semester living and studying in Amman, Jordan. She also traveled and studied in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

 

While completing her undergraduate degree, Hannah worked in Bethel University’s Advancement and Development Office, working with donor giving and establishing organizational and database procedures. She also gained valuable experience working in Bethel Seminary and Converge Worldwide’s Midwest Chapter’s Archives, inventorying, logging, and organizing historical data and artifacts for the institution and denomination. Since graduating, Hannah has returned to the Middle East to work on a conference that advocated for survivors of sex trafficking in Tel Aviv. Hannah is passionate about intercultural dialogue and understanding, especially between westerners and the Arab world. In her free time Hannah loves to cook, read, travel, and spend time with her three sisters.

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Alena Popova

Alena graduated from Siberian State University of Telecommunications and Information Sciences with a B.S. in Wireless Communication Systems Engineering. She has experience working for a large federal company as well as on small teams where she developed custom software projects.  

 

 Alena has over five years of overseas experience working readily in different capacities as needed. Four of those years she spent on board a ship that visited over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America doing charity projects. While on board she provided department leadership and managed a team of 25 young internationals for over two years, participated in implementation of ERP Stock Control Software, wrote manuals and developed specialized training for different teams, and performed in the role of Travel Coordinator.

The journey of analysis and learning excites Alena and she strives to constantly improve and collect all kinds of information. A quick learner, project management comes as second nature to Alena. In her free time she likes to bake, read, and research new topics of interest. 

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